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introduce his piece. everyone just calm down. brett ehrlich is talking now. >> if you have heard by now, chris christie was not invited to speak at the conservative rant-stravaganza known as cpac. he went on an all-out rampage. speculation is that conservatives are punishing christie for praising obama for his handling in superstorm sandy. but it turns out that not inviting christie is only part of the snub. i got ahold of the cpac 2013 list of represents and everything in here is expressly designed to rub it in christie's face. first off, everyone else is going to be there. basically every loser there has ever been. also they are holding seminars in areas generally considered to
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be christie's strength. thursday they have a seminar called how to handle a heckler. and it's hosted by george allen. friday at 4:00 a competition to see who is best at disparaging the press. for lunch they are serving get this, a lot of food. and then a penguin from batman look alike competition. they are so cruel. only months ago he was the keynote speaker, but now the conservatives have changed the lock. and also they are going to be serving a lot of loc. which is funny. i'm done talking now. >> michael: someone is always in our a war room. check us out online at current.com/thewarroom, and
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check out our exclusive web extras. thanks for joining us and have a great night. we'll see you here tomorrow. ferz [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> cenk: welcome to "the young turks." yeah, i'm back. what's up. do you remember these days? >> today is a call for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield battlefield. >> cenk: well, the supreme court may take that victory of the voting rights act back. the quote from the court--devastating. do you remember when the nra used to intimidate politicians? there is a new gun in the house by the name of bloomberg. >> halverson opposes the ban on assault weapons. >> cenk: syanora she's now
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eliminated. have you ever ever seen this guy before? >> tonight we're going start a fight. to take back our democracy. >> cenk: damn straight, that sounds good. we're going to talk about wolf pacs tonight how we regain our republic. how is that for optimistic. go time. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> cenk: it was august 6, 1965 when lyndon johnson said he was going to push for the voting rights act and this is what he said at the time. >> today is a sound for freedom as huge as any victory won an on
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any battlefield. they came in darkness and they came in change. and today we strike today at last major shackle at those fierce and ancient bonds. >> cenk: that was powerful. what else is powerful, the supreme court talking about bringing back that old school unpleasantness from back in the day. oh voting rights act. who needs it. anthony scalia scribing the voting rights act is a perpetuation of racial entitlement. now having the same voting rights as white people is entitlement. you're entitled to voting, is that what you want? unreal. what are you i afraid of any way. if you're not going to do any
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racist policies on voting then you won't have an issue. is it a right that discriminates discriminates? justice roberts said is it the government's submission that citizens in the south are more racist than the citizens in the north? well chief justice roberts, i don't know about the government but i got an answer for you. yeah, that is what i'm saying. i love the south of this country. i'mi'm talking about it all the time, i go there all the time there are great parts in this country that are terrific in a hundred different ways. and it's not as if there isn't racism in the north and by the way, it's applied to them, it's everywhere. but is there more racism in the south today? of course there is. look at these numbers. likely g.o.p. voters in this past election--this is not 1965, this is 2012.
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in alabama 21% said that interracial marriage should be illegal. it's a stunning g.o.p. voters who say interracial marriage should be illegal. is there more racism in the south? of course there is. it's an absurd proposition to pretend that there isn't. it doesn't mean that we're not making progress, we are, but it doesn't mean that the situation is solved. justice sotomayor back in 2008 they got reprimanded because of the voting rights act. she said, quote some parts of the south have change: your county pretty much hasn't. under any formula that congress could device it would still capture alabama, like i said in '08 they had a plan where it was going to wipe out all black legislators and the justice
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department said, no, that's acts of racial injustice. you can't do that. these guys are saying, oh come on, if congress and justice department won't let us, the supreme court at least you'll let us be discriminatory. and it looks like they're heading in that direction. the marshall plan was very good too, but times change. oh boy. and nbc pete williams, their top legal correspondent concluded quote, i think it's safe to say there are five votes to strike down either one or both parts of the voting rights act. sad day. now a couple executive director of color of change.org rashad, and catherine, thank you for coming on as well. so catherine, you were there how bad does it look?
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>> as you said it's a sad day for american democracy where we're at this place over and over again jurisdictions are voting against the voting right act. 2012 showed us beyond any argument how necessary it is to continue to protect voting rights in our country. but as you said we don't know how this is going to come out. i think that it may be too early to read the tea leaves. you never know how these cases are going to come out. i would like to think that the justices would follow the facts and the law. shelby alabama has a history of discrimination that is very recent, and it should not be bailed out from section 5 of the voting rights act. we have a bad plaintiff with bad facts, and perhaps a ray of hope with reflection justice justice kennedy would look at the facts and the law and not strike down section
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five. when we were here five years ago people didn't think it looked good, and we still have section five. think of all the voter suppression in 2012 and do the right thing for our most fundamental and sacred right. >> cenk: if they weren't going to do voter suppression, they wouldn't take away the voter rights act. i think it's obvious. rashad what can be done about this? is there anything left for us to do? >> well, there is a number of things left for us to do. we know that the supreme court absolutely pays attention to public sentiment and this path election illustrated what americans were facing in terms of voteer suppression. along with the advancement project a number of groups fought long and hard around the country to protect voters against these suppression attempts whether it was
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changing places of polling at the last minute, these incredibly long lines voter i.d. and voter up progression billboards that went up with the wrong information days before the election, all of these were ongoing attempts that were really meant to keep people away from the polls. so we know the public has a role in public opinion to the supreme court. we're encouraging our members and people all around the country to do to right letters in op-ed with this particular color of change members we have the stories of our ancestors. i come to this work, come to civil rights work as a young man, as an eight-year-old going to the voter booth with my grandfather, who couldn't read or write sitting on his shoulder and reading the names of the candidates to him.
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we have a long legacy in this country that didn't end with the voting rights act and continues for people having to fight for basic protection at the poll. we need to continue that justice kennedy and the other justices understand that the fight and work is not over. we still have more work to do to make sure that our democracy is whole and all of us have the right, the sacred right to cast a vote in this country. >> cenk: it doesn't seem like justice scalia cares about public sentiment. in 2006 under republican congress and administration, the house voted to the hold the voting rights act scalia said they were just pressured by democracy. it doesn't really count. >> thinks comments were offensive the racial entightment. what is an entitlement is the
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right to vote whether you're black, white hispanic, asian, rich poor. we worked with desilene victor, a woman who had to wait more than three hours in line to vote in florida and had to come back again to be able to vote in florida. miami on election day was a disaster. we have a disaster of an election system. and so to say that this some sort of entighttitlement and the problem is over is out of touch with the reality of what the american public experiences when we go to vote. i don't think justice scalia will change his mind, but hopefully justice kennedy and the others will change their mind. >> cenk: i'll read off quickly some amazing stats. average income in 2011, for white individuals was $29,401. for blacks it was $18,357.
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that is an unbelievable disparity. when it comes to household net worth, whites, $265,000. blacks $28,500. almost ten times as less. here is the interesting part, since 1984, the disfairty when blacks and whites in wealth has gotten three times larger. we hear it's getting better, it's getting better, but when it comes to wealth as one example it's gotten worse since 1984. do you think the court has taken that into account? as i read what they said and the questions they asked today it seems they're in an alternate universe where everything is totally fixed about. there are no racial problems in america at all. >> and if you have seen the decisions that is come out of this recent court i think they have ignored the ongoing disparities that you cited whether it's around citizens united which essentially makes
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corporations people and gives them the same types of access to the political system that every day people have. the housing crisis where the largest banks in this country basically stole black folks' wealth. black folks' wealth in this country is at its lowest level in 26%. 74% of blacks' wealth was lost during the housing crisis. we continue to have disparity. when disparity exist it's the responsibility of our democracy to stand up and make sure laws are in place to insure equality. these pieces of legislation not only show the example of how we do that, but there have been examples around the world of how a democracy can insure that all of its people are protected. we learned and saw in the last election that our work is not done. i just came from the white house where they had a celebration for black history month and desilene victor was there.
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ms. victor was there along with other heroes from the civil rights movement. our work is not done and we need to do what we can. people can go to color of change.org and we'll put up more information about how people can raise their voices and ensure that the american public is not willing to turn bag the clock. >> cenk: thank you for joining us on "the young turks." we really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> cenk: why is the pope actually resigning? and a priest who was kicked out of the catholic church by pope benedict. why and what pope benedict is really up to. >> one of two journalist who is have reported on allegations of vatican corruption and blackmail of clergy members by male prostitutes.
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ataadieu. >> one last speech. one last ride in the popemobile. they arrive by the thousands from all over and gave him a longstanding ovation. >> the decision after much prayers of good's will, the deep love of christ's church. >> reporter: he said the church has joy and light but acknowledged there was difficult times. >> cenk: yeah, difficult times to say the least. cnn has the report from the italian newspapers that may get closer to reality as to why the pope is stepping aside. >> digregorio is one of two journalists who have reported on allegations of vatican corruption of blackmail of clergy members by male prostitutes.
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sex and blackmailed careers are behind benedict xvi's resignation. >> that gets closer to reality if you ask me. we'll go to matthew fox a catholic preach for 34 years but pope benedict kicked him out of the church, now's an episcopalian, and author of the book ott pope's war." "the pope's war." thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> cenk: why do you think the pope is stepping down. >> i agree he says he's unhealthy and he's tired. i believe him at 84 with all these scandals that are unveiling themselves at this time. but he's been attacking
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theologians, and 104 others that i named in the book. he brought the inquisition back with the complete approval of the previous pope. that was his life's work. i think he would be tired, too. he should do a little repenting before hey meets his maker. >> cenk: it's interesting because he's notorious and the church is recently for not expelling priest who is were covering up the sex scandals. so what did you do that was so egregious that they expelled you. >> i had thoughts. >> cenk: that sounds dangerous. >> that god has a feminine side as well as a masculine side. and women could be priests just as good as men probably better. and thoughts that gay people are create bid god too and
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shouldn't be discriminated against. and they thought that i worked too close with native americans. i don't know what that means but i worked with them, and hired native american teachers. i had written a book "blessing." that kept them up at night. that disturbed them very deeply. they went after liberation theology in south america. that was serious. it's like the civil rights movement in america. it's about courage and justice and they went after that movement tooth and nail. >> cenk: i bit a lot of people don't know about that. was that movement political? is that why they went after it? >> i'll tell you the facts, and they're in my book. two months after reagan took office national security council met in santa fe, new mexico,
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with one question, how can we destroy liberation theology in south america. they concluded that they can't destroy it but they can split the church. so they went after the pope, the c.i.a. head at the time was catholic, he gave them lots of cash and in exchange the pope was to help split the church, and that has been going on for 25 years this. he has been replacing bishops and cardinals who stood up to them replaced them opes dei, a far right movement in the catholic church. they almost succeeded in doing that. today the liberation theologian people say we used to serve the church. now we're serving humanity. so in effect they're moving beyond the church as a lot of people are obviously. >> cenk: so now a lot of
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defenders of pope benedict would say, hey listen, he wasn't involved in these sex scandals, etc. why put them on him. why make it part of his record? >> in fact, the buck stopped with him. the most notorious of all these pedophiles is a father who started an order called region of christ. he abused 20 of his seminariens and he had two wives on the side, four children and he sexually abused them. for ten years they knew about this. a new york bishop wrote about it when he learned about it, and ratzinger did nothing for ten years. he was so close to john paul, too, that he took him on plane rides with him and did everything he could to support him. when the news came out about what a horrendous person he was ratzinger said he has done so
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much for the church, how can we attack him? by good for the church, he meant that he raised lots of money. he raised more money than anyone else in the church. he was close toed bloody dictator of peru, who tortured and killed over a thousand priests, nuns, and lay workers during his reign. and so, that connection is there. it cannot be erased. and ratzinger it stops at his desk. >> cenk: it sounds like you're describing a fundamentally corrupt church, would you go that far? >> absolutely. journalists are doing that. every day there is a new scandal. as a theologian, i see this, in fact, as good news. i think the holy spirit has given us two sk. >> joy: smatic folks and we can start the church all over again.
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we can go back to the real teachings of jesus. it's about love and justice. it's not complicated. and we don't need the paraphernalia of the basilicas on our backs. we can move with backpacks on our backs and reinvent this thing. it's not just the catholic church this trouble. protestants don't have the scandals that rome has. it would be hard to imitate that but there the whole thing needs a reboot. that's what is going up. >> cenk: matthew they said cardinal peter turkson may be the next pope. is there a problem with that? >> he's from a ghana and he has spoken loudly about endorseing the homophobia that is going on. he has come out so strong in
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favor of homophobia, that would an scary choice. but you have to remember that they were all chosen by ratzinger and the previous pope. you may just get a younger ratzinger in the next election. that's why we have to move beyond the papacy. it has outlived its usefulness. this is where a real grassroots movement of christ-interested people want to live out his message, this is what the future of the church will be. >> cenk: ref rend matthewreverend matthew fox thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> cenk: a woman is suing starbucks for firing her for being a lesbian but i understand that she's not a lesbian. we'll talk to her and her lawyer when we come back.
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[ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> we're back on "the young turks." starbucks has a good reputation with their employees. they pay a relatively decent wage. they call their employees partners. they give health insurance to part-timeworkers. that's not normal in a lot of chain restaurant and cafes. that's positive. and in fact, they're in favor of gay rights. in washington they stuck their neck out a little bit in the state of washington to argue in favor of gay marriage. here is howard schultz defending that action. >> the team of starbucks has discussed this, and it was to be candid with you not something that was a difficult decision for us. we made that decision in our view through the lens of humanity and being the kind of company that embraces diversity. >> cenk: but alicia brooks has sued them in new york's supreme court for discrimination. she's 29 years old.
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she brought the suit on february 1st. she said she was arrested on assault charge following an altercation with a fellow employee, but then things took a turn for the worst when she was accused of being a lesbian and then fired. we contacted them, they said we're wear of this complaint, but believe there is no factual basis for the allegations that it makes. starbucks has a long history of promoting equality inclusion diversity both in the our workplace and at communities that we serve. we have no zero tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind. alicia joins us now and her lawyer great to have both of you here on "the young turks." thank you for joining us. >> hi, thank you. >> cenk: you're turkish, i understand? >> yes, i am. [ speaking foreign language ] >> all right just wanted to speak a little turkish on american television.
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alicia i'm confused by this. are you or are you not a lesbian. >> i am not a lesbian. i actually have a nine-year-old son. >> she has a son. >> cenk: why in the world were they even--at least your coworkers are accusing of you leaguebeing an lesbian. >> because of the employee who had emotional distress. she's gay or by sexual, but she has interest in women and she was an employee since i knew from the beginning of my time at starbucks. >> cenk: is that the one that you got in a fight with. >> it wasn't a fight. was her acting on emotions and upset at the fact that she get a transfer as soon as she wanted it. >> cenk: you did get arrested? >> i got arrested because cops believe what happened. in a moment, they believed that. but all charges were dropped.
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>> cenk: that's important. here is the thing for the audience it's hard to know who is telling the truth here. starbucks said look, discrimination has nothing to do with what is happening in this case, and we're a company this supports lgbt rights, and your lawsuit says in that particular case, otherwise. how is the audience to know who is right? >> cenk, the real difference is starbucks may be a gay-friendly company but the fascination in this case is ms. brooks is not lesbian, but they wanted her to admit that she was in involved in a relationship and was lesbian. what is difference, ms. brooks made the statement that she wasn't. they said, you should perceive reality. the reality is she's a lesbian. they were trying to force her to say that she was.
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that's the difference in this case as opposed to any other cases that starbucks has with anybody else. >> cenk: so it's a bizarre case because you're suing based on discrimination but she's actually straight. >> we're suing based on discriminateed. they discriminated against her based on sexual orientation. there are laws that protect you based on age race religious national origin, sexual orientation whether in the context of actual or perceived. in this case they're per tving that she is a lesbian when she isn't. that's the ground for discrimination. and more importantly when she made the complaint. she said, this is what is happening, accusing me of being a lesbian after all this. they said you should acknowledge that you're in a close relationship with juliet, and
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they said she has a close relationship with juliet. she has a son at home, and she's not going to say she's in a relationship with someone like that, and they're trying to force that upon her. >> cenk: why do you think they fired you ultimately. because you wouldn't admit to something that wasser you thought was the case, you asked for a transfer? what was the the instigateing factor here. >> i have been with the company since i was 22 years old. i came from being assistant manager and i climbed up the ladder to store manager. everything was going great until that incident back in january. i got called by starbucks two weeks after the suspension, and they basically called me in and said juliet said that was always accusations.
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then that's when they presented me with corrective action, may i call it, or a write up. they tried to say that i was in a close relationship. when i asked them to identify what a close relationship was? they said personal. i said what was that? they said is sexual relationship. i said that is not true. the same relationship i had with juliet was the same as with all of my employees, a working relationship. that's when they allowed me to go back to the store. i asked them and inquired why they put me back in that environment, they said i shouldn't run away from my problems. then i had employing sending innuendos, saying they rub feet every night. this horrible environment was being created. i had new employees coming in hearing rumors like that. it was contaminated more and more. finally i went to higher
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officials. i contacted compliance and then regional director. that's when she said something was a reality. when i asked her to say that. she said you are going to tell me that you were in a relationship with juliet, and i denied the accusations. that's when i tack it to a higher level. they just continuously told me they were investigating. i said i'm getting tired of this this is degrading me and belittling me. i'm not gay. starbucks does have a lot of gay gay, lesbian partners. i'm comfortable with them but it doesn't mean that i am. they put me in a new district and two days later i was terminated. >> she did everything right. >> cenk: i understand. it's going to get resolved in court. it's not going to get resolved on the show.
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and they'll sort out the facts but it seems clear they were obsessed on whether you and juliet were having some sort of relationship. it's a weird thing to get obsessed about. i understand that. thank you for joining us on "the young turks." >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> cenk: to be clear nobody was rubbing anybody's feet. now, when we come back the fight to take back our republic, and there is a surprising twist. all of a sudden here comes the reds, saying we need to get money out of policies. i'm talking about wolf pack. >> our politicians are bought. who bought them. who bought them? the corporation asks. did. with the year's largest selection of mouth-watering lobster entrees. like our delicious lobster lover's dream, featuring two kinds of succulent lobster tails. or our savory, new grilled maine lobster
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>> we want an army to fight for amendments to declare corporations are not people. they can no longer buy our
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politicians. we want to occupy the state to demand that the state call for a constitutional convention. >> cenk: man, that guy sounds righteous. that might have been me. that was at zuccotti park. now how much money is in politics? in the last presidential election we spent a sum total of $7 billion. $2 billion on political parties. $2 billion on political committees and $3.2 billion on candidate campaigns. gee, i wonder if that money buys you anything? of course, almost all much us agree 87% of americans say that they are deeply troubled by currenting influence of money on
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the political process. so we're all on the right side on this issue. it doesn't matter if you're a conservative liberal libertarian, money is corrupting politics. we have someone here who is going to explain what the group does. his name is mike manetta. he was organizing in the snow in new hampshire going door to door, and now the new director of organizing for wolf pac mike, great to have you on "the young turks"." >> hey, cenk, it's an honor to be on the best news show in the world. i appreciate it. i've been a long-time listener of the show back to satellite radio. it's good to have an opportunity to volunteer on the wolf pac and work my way up. >> cenk: you've done an unbelievable job. in this last 2012 cycle, in the house, 95% of the time the
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candidate with more money won the election. so whether you're a republican or democrat didn't matter nearly as much, whether you're a liberal, conservative,er any of your ideas it didn't matter nearly as much as if you had more money. if you had more money you won 95% of the time. tell us what wolf pac is and how in the world they can possibly fix that. >> yes, we have a plan. the goal of wolf pac is at the end of this, after we've executed our plan, it's to have a government which--in which our elected officials. this might sound crazy or radical, but to have a government where our elected officials actually represent us. >> wow crazy. >> that's a radical idea. >> cenk: mm-hmm. >> that's our ultimate goal. the reason why people have been
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gravitating towards the wolf pac is our man. we have a very aggressive plan that can work, and will work. it's really just a matter of time. i mean everybody gets that money and politics is a problem. so basically what we've done is narrowed it down to identify the problem as being money in politics right? once you identify that as the root of the problem, well then, how do you fix it? we've also identified the only way to fix that citizen being a constitutional amendment right? you know, we've narrowed it down that way because states have tried--state legislation montana tried to ignore citizens united with state legislation and the supreme court overruled them. we know it's not strong enough. it has to be an amendment and there are only two ways to get an amendment passed. one is through congress. and the other way is through our
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state governments. so we have pretty much eliminated congress as a viable realistic option in this day and age. >> cenk: let me stop you there for a second. doing it through state convention, of course, is much harder and there are a number of constitutional amendment proposals in congress right now. why are you not as hopeful that we can do it through congress? >> well, they pretty much already have proven incapable of dealing with this issue. they were in capable of passing the disclosure act. how are they going to get an amendment passed to get money out of politics, it's really inconceivable. >> cenk: i think it's really hard to argue with that. this congress that is already so corrupted, and the american people agree it's corrupted.
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you're right it can't even pass the disclose act. there's no way it's going to pass the amendment. when you talk about the article 5 convention in the constitution, people say that's never been done level on the federal level, how in the world are they going to do that? >> yeah, it's never been done before, but the more people realize that it's an option, the more they're receptive to it. people just don't know that it's an option. our founding fathers put that in there as an option because they knew at some point the federal government would be in a situation where they would need to be corrected. so the point of an article 5 convention is to keep the federal government in check. it's really going to the state legislature and saying you have the power to do this, and it's your duty to do it because here you are. congress is too corrupt to deal with this themselves. even if we had good congress people who wanted to do about
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this issue they can't say it publicly because they want get elected because their campaign funds will dry up. >> cenk: now, i hear you on that. i got to ask you on one last thing. do we have a ray of hope? are we making progress on the state level that would give us optimism? >> yeah, a lot of hope. we're very optimistic about the future. when we first started we didn't know if we were going to be able to do this, and all over the country red states down south you know, it turns out our first resolution was introduced in texas. they went to representative burman, and he's representing our wolf pac resolution which deals with the issue of money in politics. so yeah, i mean, we're already tackling one of our first biggest obstacles. >> cenk: that's a great start man, and texas is definitely
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surprising god bless texas. director of organizing for wolf pac. thank you for joining us. >> all right, cenk take care in we've to take a quick break. when we come back, amazing hearing on gun control. it got really emotional. we'll talk to the founder of daily coast on that. >> i'm not here for the sympathy or pat on the back as many people stated down in newtown. i'm here to speak up for my son. [ ♪ music ♪ ]
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>> i'm jesse lewis' dad. jesse was brutally murdered at sandy hook school december 14th. jesse was the love of my life. he was the only family i had left.
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it's hard for me to be here today to talk about my deceased son. i have to. i'm his voice. i'm not here for the sympathy and a pat on the back. i'm here to speak up for my son. >> cenk: as a father that rips me up inside. that's neil, father of jesse mccord lewis shot in nu knewtown. we want to talk more about this. founder and publisher of daily coast. he joins us from berkeley, california, it's great to talk to you again. >> likewise, cenk. >> cenk: yes. you see that testimony, and i know the numbers are on our side in terms of popularity of these proposals, but we hear what we're not going to get and the
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president said we just need a vote. not necessarily to win the vote. is our side being defeatist. >> no, we are our our side is realistic. this are roadblocks to anything happening. look at the filibuster and the senate. what we're seeing, this is a longer term effort, this is the foundation for future change. as a democrats in the house already said we're going it run in 2014. democrats are going to run on the issue on raising the minimum wage and guns and given how much this was a third rail of politics even a year ago it actually is surprising and shocking. this is what obama wants i think, get republicans and democrats on the record, on this position and let the voters decide whether that's the right
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place to be. >> cenk: meanwhile markos, bloomberg is on the counterattack. jesse jackson jr.'s seat is up, and bloomberg ran this ad. >> gun violence is out of control. debby halverson will make it worse. she opposes a ban on deadly assault weapons. no wonder halverson received an a-plus rating by the nra. >> cenk: they ran this against her and she lost. >> they were involved in the race early in the year. it was not just debby halverson a former congresswoman but two front runners in a case of 16 candidates, two people who were the credible candidates both
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have a-ratings. thanks to our help and help at credo and other progressive organizations she was able to win convincingly and win on this issue. it's showing that democratic voters and organizations and donors and grassroots activists are active aggravated activated on this issue and people were engaged like you would never believe. it hit home. it's visceral. if we can get people riled up on this issue in february of 2013 i'm looking forward to what we can do in 2014 not just with aggressive twists, but with groups like bloomberg's super pac. >> cenk: we have a progressive candidate who wound up winning that's fantastic. among priorities american people
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say gun control should be number two on the list in terms of republicans working with democrats. 61% say they should be more strict on control. markos, it looks like we're ascending ohen this issue. right now what do you think will pass? what is the legislation we're going get? >> we may get background checks for non-gun store transactions, person-to-person transactions at gun shows close that loophole. i'm pessimistic that we'll get anything. but closing that gun show loophole is supported by 95% of the american public. the 5% are wayne lapierre and congressional republicans. that's all that is left this is an issue that will have a lot of saliencne 2014.
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